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12 December 2018

After some logistical arrangement getting to Fredericksburg and the Classic Iron dealership via VRE train and Uber, I did it! I bought my 2016 Harley-Davidson FLHP Road King!

VIDEO - If I sound unconvinced about the soundness of my decision it's because I'm unused to the bike. It's very different from my Suzuki Boulevard... the handlebars are higher and narrower, the bike is heavier, there's the big shaky engine at idle, the clutch and brakes, getting my feet on the foot boards, etc. In fact, my very first action on the bike in the parking lot was to stall it! (I had the same issue with the Harley Trike I test rode.) The clutch's pull and friction zone take some getting used to. The turn signals on a Harley are different, too: the left one is on the left grip, the right on the right grip. On my Suzuki they're both on the left grip. And on a Harley they're self-cancelling, which is a real blessing.

When I first went down Route 1 to get on I-9…
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11 December 2018

Merry Christmas! I'm in the process of buying a 2016 Harley-Davidson Road King! It's the black police bike I linked to yesterday. (Photo) I have to either wire the money to Classic Iron in Fredericksburg or bring them a cashier's check today; I might even be able to ride it home depending upon road conditions down there. (They got eight inches of snow on Sunday night, but I'm told that Route 1 and I-95 are both clear and dry. It was sunny and above freezing yesterday and the forecast is for the same today as well.) Obviously, more on this later!

I did a quick oil change on Marva, my Suzuki Boulevard, yesterday. That bike is in great shape! Anyone want to buy it?

10 December 2018

On Friday I took a bike ride down to Fredericksburg and investigated Harley Road Kings at Classic Iron. The one I'm looking at is a black 2016 police bike. That is to say it's a police model; with only 2,000 miles on it.

I don't think it ever spent any time in use by…

On Two Wheels...

21 Dec 2017 While in Utah we visited a couple of Harley-Davidson stores and investigated the idea of learning how to ride. My daughter and son-in-law are for it. My wife is for it. Most surprisingly, my father-in-law doesn't mind the idea of my riding his daughter around on the back of a Harley! So is this The Next Thing? I'm not sure. I was wondering when The Next Thing would make itself apparent to me. 28 Dec 2017 Yesterday my son and I ventured into Fairfax and looked at electric guitars and Harleys. I was shown a really nice 2017 Street King - but, no. I need to learn to ride first. The salesman hopefully suggested that if I buy the bike first I'll have the motivation to learn to ride. Why, of course! But that's not going to happen. I don't do things that way. 1 Jan 2018 On Saturday Cari and I visited the nearby Harley-Davidson dealership in Fairfax; we looked at a nice $18,000 Road King. Both got on it, in fact. But you know what? I think I prefer the Indian Springf…